Jim Ross Wanted ‘Booger Red’ To Be The Undertaker’s NickName


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The Undertaker has made a name for himself in the pro wrestling industry with his intimidating gimmick where he enters the arena in a supernatural style accompanied by intense pyro, dim lights and the famous and hair raising GONG.

Taker has dawned multiple gimmicks in his career, including The American Badass where he portrayed a blue jeans, sun glass and bandanna wearing biker persona.

How do you think a name like Booger Red would fair among these larger than life personas? Well, it din’t.

According to Wrestling Inc, Jim Ross explained that the nickname originated from the Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis who had red hair and was as tough as nails.

JR thought it would be a good fit for The Deadman because he is also from Texas, has red hair and is also one of the toughest athletes in the world.

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The WWE Hall of Famer explained: “Of all the names that I threw out there, some stuck and some didn’t. This one did not, obviously. If it did, it stuck in a bad way.

“But the Booger Red definition is very simple and this is a very often asked question. Booger Red was in reference to the great Texas linebacker, the late Tommy Nobis.”

“Tommy Nobis wore No.60. He had a 20-inch neck. He had red hair. And so all through school, because he was such a fierce hitter, at 6’3″, probably 245 [lbs.] linebacker, he was huge for that position in that era. He unhinged people. His nickname was Booger Red.”

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Well, if you look in the dictionary for what a booger is, it’s not something that you go look for with your index finger in your nose. Booger means a goblin or something like that, a scary person or a scary entity specifically, so I thought, ‘Well, this might stretch out there and make something.”

“Taker is that macabre type of figure and Booger Red was kind of a tribute to his Texas heritage. And, basically, what happened is that it s–t the bed and so that’s where we are. And that’s who Booger Red was.”

“It was trying to use a little football and Tommy Nobis was the baddest of the bad. There was nobody like him. He’d tear you apart, blah, blah, blah.”

“Taker’s the same way in his world. And Taker, of course, had red hair. Anyway, the more you explain it the more crappy it is.”

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The Undertaker was last seen in-ring during a live event at Madison Square Garden where he teamed up with Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman in a Six-Man tag match against the team of Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin and Elias Samson.

The Deadman is scheduled to return at WWE Super Show-Down on October 6 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia where he will be facing The Game, Triple H for the last time.

There are rumors that he might also turn up during Summerslam on August 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to reignite his feud with John Cena.


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